Get Your Quiz on at The Pembroke
Did you know The Pembroke has had a bit of a makeover? When I say a bit what I mean is a real sprucing up both inside and out which has really lightened up the place and just in time for this ah-mazing weather.
They have also re-upped the ante on their menu, introducing seasonally rotating fare that changes every four weeks although I’m rather hoping they’ll keep the candy beetroot, feta, honey & almonds on their starter menu for all eternity. And the lounge menu is just as scrummy with Manchego and Pickles, Grilled Chorizo, Chiperones with aioli, Buttermilk wings with Bluecheese dip. Yeah, the diet is out the window with this lot.
Last but not least, along with the extensive coverage of all sporting events on the rather grand new mega screens they’ve got upstairs in the mezzanine, the good people of The Pembroke have added a new regular event to their fixtures board.
On Tuesdays you can get your brain working on the pub quiz which has started its run on Tuesday from here on out. It’s £2 entry and starts at 7.30pm. Are you Mastermind extraordinaire? Prizes will vary.
If the quiz isn’t really your thing then do take advantage of the lovely sun trap rooftop terrace. Did someone say pimms o clock?The Pembroke 261 Old Brompton Road, Kensington, SW5 9JA t: 020 7373 8337 e: email@example.com
Quiz Night @ The Harwood ArmsThe Harwood Arms Walham Grove SW6 1QP
020 7386 1847 @harwoodarms
Let me start by saying, ‘We Won!!”
Phew, glad I got that out of my system. But seriously, I never win ANYTHING so this was a fantastically exciting first for me. But even if I had come in very last I still would have enjoyed many victories on Tuesday evening.
First of all there is limited space at this event, held every four to six weeks at The Harwood, so you must book well in advance. Because there is a cap on numbers it simply feels like a lively and well-filled dining room that, all of a sudden come 8pm, turns into an epic quiz crusade.
We were all seated by 7.30 and had ordered a bottle of white and a bottle of red from the extensive and incredibly well devised wine list. You can’t go wrong when picking from this list, it’s that good.
The tables were very simply dressed, a nod to country kitchens complete with string-tied napkins and a posy of fresh wild flowers in the centre. A cloth basket for the freshly baked bread and a pat of proper butter to slather all over it saved me from a very fast slide into an impending wine slump – it was sooo hot on Tuesday night and the white went down like a cool breeze.
The menu was a pared down version of the a la carte you might find here on a regular night but still sang with only three options available for each course. I had the Treacle Cured Smoked Salmon with Apple, Whiskey and Watercress and it was a perfect opener.
It was hard not to be completely distracted by the food by the time the battle had commenced but with questions like, ‘Find the only other word that can be made up from all the letters in Monastery.’ one had to keep their wits about them which hardly seemed fair to this exquisite meal. The answer was Oysterman, who knew? Us, that’s who.
We were further bombarded with questions about planet density, Russian method acting, the oldest living James Bond – I managed to identify Jamie Cullum’s chin but not Tina Turner’s forehead – but again the main attraction for me was the Short rib of Ruby Red beef with celeriac, pickled walnuts and smoked bone marrow. It was heaven.
In the end there was a four way tie and an extra decider question was added. What is the square mileage of the UK? Closest got the win. I must say the answers were varied and we were close but still 30,000 miles off. Never the less we won the day, four main meals! I still had time to thoroughly savour my Frozen goat’s curd with vanilla, strawberries and blueberries. Holy cow/goat! That was tasty.
I would highly recommend this evening to anyone with a taste for fine food, fun and competition. Only a modicom of general knowledge required – so long as you have five other people on your team.
The Harwood ArmsThe Harwood Arms Walham Grove, West Brompton, SW6 1QP tel: 0207 386 1847 Monday 5:00–11:00 pm Tues-Thurs & Sun 12:00–11:00 pm Fri-Sat 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
If you’re a West Brompton Foodie, and I am, then you’ll ever delight in the knowledge that some of the most delicious food one could hope to dine on is freshly prepared right on our doorsteps.
The Harwood Arms is an unassuming pub located on the corner of Walham Grove and Tamworth Street and if you weren’t in the know you might just mistake it for your everyday, grab a pint pub. Let me assure you that it isn’t.
The brainchild of Brett Graham of the famed Ledbury restaurant, Mike Robinson of the acclaimed Pot Kiln pub in rural Berkshire and Edwin Vaux from the famous Vaux brewery, The Harwood has gone from strength to strength in its first three years by earning the first and only Michelin star awarded to a London pub.
The food, the food, the food. Oh, my! Try the crispy duck egg with smoked white bacon, artichokes and cobnuts to start, followed by braised neck of Herdwick lamb with rosemary curd, artichokes and garlic. Finish off with a chocolate malt parfait with fruit and nut crumble and hazelnut milk.
Don’t forget to complement your meal with one of the many fantastic wines from an extensive and well thought out list. With over thirty wines served by the glass you are sure to be able to find a partner for each course. I found a 2002 Château Le Bon Pasteur which immediately made this my new favourite restaurant.
The Harwood arms is still a pub though, and if a pub vibe is what you’re going for then why not join them on Quiz Night (check their site for dates) where you can enjoy some premium local ales, delicious bar snacks and, if you’re me, utter humiliation at the hands of the entire British Soap Opera genre. Go team WBL!